Edith Stein, Monarchy, Toward a Philosophy of Monarchy

Toward a Philosophy of Monarchy – Part One

Edith Stein’s work naturally resonates with the royal heart. Her philosophical models are imbued with Platonic overtones even while focusing on Thomism and Thomas’ Aristotelian thought processes.

Among the most striking features is her lengthy development of genus, species, and individual. Stein orders her philosophical model by leveraging the scientific classifications. Possibly more than any other thinker, she captures the relationship of each as a means of understanding who we are and even how God works in our lives to move us from potency to act. It becomes apparent in her structure how important form and its content are in realizing who we are. Every individual is the actualization of a species which is part of a genus. Genus is both the common origin as well as the source of content for the development of species and from species to individual.

For Stein this is true philosophically and spiritually as well as biologically. The material world is but a reflection of the immaterial. As royalists, and as those who “believe in order to understand,” we sense in Stein’s approach the foundation for a philosophical model helping us understand what we already “knew” in our hearts, namely, that truth, beauty, and goodness are established through the fulfillment of content within the form of each genus and according to the divinely ordained order, rather than through the attraction of individual characteristics alone.

Royalty is ordained through the divine order by the origin and content of genus, or genealogy. We establish truth, beauty, and goodness far more by demanding that royalty live up to the form of its genealogical content than to focus on the most talented individual. The former is Platonic while the latter is Aristotelian. The Monarchy founded through the prééminence of Plato first, then subordinately supported by Aristotle’s scientific classifications, yields the logical conclusion of the preeminence of the hereditary Monarchy over the “citizen-statesman” Republic.

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